Day: May 14, 2020

What Eight Weeks of Lockdowns Have Bought Us

What Eight Weeks of Lockdowns Have Bought Us

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F rom coast to coast, Americans have put their lives on hold over the past eight weeks. We shut down “nonessential” businesses and placed the nation’s economy in an induced coma until unemployment reached levels on par with those of the Great Depression. We effectively ended the school year in mid March, when schools were closed and the inadequate substitute of “distance learning” was implemented. We delayed almost all “elective” medical care, including everything from joint replacements to treatments for non-life-threatening cancers to cataract surgeries. We have “socially distanced” from friends and relatives, canceled almost all events and travel, and, in some cases, barely left our homes.

That all sounds pretty bleak, and it most certainly is. But there’s good news, too. Those eight weeks of disruption bought us quite a lot in our fight with the coronavirus.

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1. With only a handful of

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8 Healthy Frozen Meals That Taste Good

8 Healthy Frozen Meals That Taste Good

You have to take food endorsements by athletes with a grain of salt, but it’s hard not to get sucked in by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s infomercials on the Instagram account for Performance Kitchen, a new brand of microwavable frozen meals.

“I’m doing everything I can to eat clean and eat right, and that way I can live long and play long,” says the 31-year-old Super Bowl champion, who adds that he grew up eating cheap fast food and lost his dad at 55 to diabetes.

You can see him tossing spirals, hustling across a grassy field, and wolfing down a bowl of cauliflower mac ’n’ cheese. Wilson wants “a healthy option that’s quick and easy” for himself, his kids, and probably even his R&B-superstar wife, Ciara.

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Judge Tosses Charges Against Ex-Michigan State President in Larry Nassar Case

Judge Tosses Charges Against Ex-Michigan State President in Larry Nassar Case

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Mark Wilson/Getty

A judge on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who was accused of lying to police while they were investigating former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Simon, who was the university’s president for 14 years, was charged in November 2018 with two felony counts of lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation, and two misdemeanor counts of lying to a peace officer.

The 59-year-old was the fourth person to be charged by the attorney general’s office in its investigation into Michigan State University and its doctor-turned-convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar.

“The prosecution did not provide evidence sufficient to give a reasonable person probable cause that Dr. Simon knew during her 2018 interview that her purported knowledge in 2014 of Dr. Nassar’s name and the ‘nature’ and ‘substance’ of the complaint against him were relevant,” the Eaton County judge

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Sitting in a freezer for years, potential SARS vaccine now ready for coronavirus trial

Sitting in a freezer for years, potential SARS vaccine now ready for coronavirus trial

Thousands of doses of a potential vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome have been sitting in a freezer in Houston, Texas, shelved since 2016 after most of the world lost interest in the disease.

Now, four years later, they have been given new life because scientists hope they will also work for COVID-19.

Depending on the amount given to patients, anywhere from 23,000 to 230,000 doses of vaccine are at a storage facility called Cryogene in Houston.

“We just could not get any money. Not from the government and not from private industry,” said Maria Elena Bottazzi, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the vaccine’s developers.

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Live Updates: The latest on coronavirus in Wisconsin

Daily Digest: What you need to know about coronavirus in Wisconsin

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Reopening States Need to Be Ready to Reclose

Reopening States Need to Be Ready to Reclose

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The U.S. is at a turning point in its response to Covid-19. Most states are taking steps toward reopening their economies. The big and challenging question is whether they’ll be able to keep moving in this direction.

It’s tempting to assume that the world will see a consistent and linear progression toward normalcy. But that might not happen. As efforts to mitigate Covid-19 are relaxed, new infections are inevitable, and these in turn may multiply fresh outbreaks. Deadly surges of Covid-19 remain possible during the long wait for a vaccine. 

To ensure that these don’t become unmanageable, states and cities need to design circuit breakers — thresholds of viral activity that, when reached, prompt them to impose renewed restrictions. 

Many governors who have begun reopening have done so without meeting the data-driven benchmarks set by the White House. An important one of these is a 14-day downward

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Dates for La Liga season return and finish revealed by Leganes coach Aguirre

Dates for La Liga season return and finish revealed by Leganes coach Aguirre

Leganes manager Javier Aguirre has revealed La Liga plans to resume the season on June 20 and finish on July 26.

While no official statement has been made by the league, the Mexican boss claimed the information had been communicated to him by La Liga authorities.

Spanish football authorities have been working with the government to try and find a way to get matches back underway in order to finish the campaign.

“We already have a start date for the league,” Aguirre told Marca Claro MVS.

“On June 20, we will start La Liga and in five weeks we will be officially finished, on July 26.

“It will be played on Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday, over 11 dates.

“La Liga has just informed me officially and I am very happy about this, because we already have training scheduled.

“We start tomorrow. Luckily we have passed the tests.”

Spanish clubs have

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Cases By ZIP Code, Testing Sites

Cases By ZIP Code, Testing Sites

TOWSON, MD — There are 85 cases of the new coronavirus in Towson in the 21204 ZIP code, according to data released Wednesday. To protect the privacy of those who have tested positive for the virus, Baltimore County is not reporting on ZIP codes with fewer than seven cases, which is the case for neighboring areas like 21239 (Northwood), 21210 (Roland Park) and 21057 (Glen Arm).

Testing remains limited in Maryland, where the Maryland Department of Health says: “Generally, only patients who exhibit symptoms and are at high risk require a test.”

Overall, Baltimore County has 4,160 confirmed cases and 203 deaths, with another 15 deaths believed to be related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

Officials say 34,812 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus and 1,694 have died from COVID-19 in Maryland. An additional 115 have COVID-19

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Focus group shows lack of enthusiasm for Biden among the young

Focus group shows lack of enthusiasm for Biden among the young

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is in no danger of losing young voters to President Donald Trump. But he faces a lack of enthusiasm among Millennials and Gen Z voters with the potential to decide his fate if they stay home or vote for a third-party candidate.

Many of these voters preferred Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and perceive Biden as a blank slate. They aren’t sure that he’s a change agent or that his policies match the scale of their problems. Some worry about his age and fitness. Most seem open to supporting Biden to stop Trump but need to hear more from him.

That’s the conclusion of new focus groups that delve into the mindset of Millennial and Gen Z voters who self-identify as Democrats or independents in 11 battleground states. They were conducted in late and mid-April by the political consulting firm Global Strategy Group on behalf

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82 New York City kids diagnosed with ‘mystery illness’ related to COVID-19

82 New York City kids diagnosed with ‘mystery illness’ related to COVID-19

Amid increasing reports of a mysterious illness in U.S. children with COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that there are now 82 suspected cases in New York City, and 53 of those cases have tested positive for the coronavirus or its antibodies.

The condition is referred to by the medical community as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome. It’s a rare but serious syndrome in which inflammation affects the heart and other organs and can send the body into a state of shock. Common symptoms include persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and red or irritated eyes. It can also lead to organ failure.

At this stage, it is suspected that the condition can arise while a child is infected with the coronavirus or weeks later. The link between COVID-19 and the syndrome has not been confirmed.

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As of May 12, NBC News reported that there are at least

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Clorox Wipes Won’t Be Fully Back in Stock Until Summer, CEO Says

Clorox Wipes Won’t Be Fully Back in Stock Until Summer, CEO Says

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  • Clorox Disinfectant Wipes will not be fully in stock until summer.
  • Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer said, despite increasing the company’s production, Clorox can’t meet consumer demand for wipes.
  • Dorer said Clorox factories are operating 24 hours a day to produce more wipes.

    As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in many parts of the country, shelves once fully stocked with essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and cleaning products remain vacant in most stores. And, according to Clorox’s Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer, this won’t change any time soon, even though the company is “making tremendous progress.”

    “We think we will be in substantially better shape by the summer,” Dorer told Today.

    Not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., Clorox Disinfecting Wipes were immediately swept up in a panic-buying frenzy. While the product has not been specifically tested on SARS-Cov-2,

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